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Septuagesima

Septuagesima

Old Test: Exod 17:1–7
Epistle: 1 Cor 9:24–10:5
Gospel: Matt. 20:1–16

The people of Israel contended with the Lord in the wilderness. (Exod 17:1–7) They were dissatisfied with His provision. In the same way, the first laborers in the vineyard complained against the landowner for the wage he provided them. (Matt 20:1–16) They charged him with being unfair. But, in fact, he was not being unfair but generous. The Lord does not wish to deal with us on the basis of what we deserve but on the basis of His abounding grace in Christ. The first, those who rely on their own merits, will be last. “Their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.” But the last, those who rely on Christ, will be first. For Christ is the Rock. (1 Cor 9:24–10:5) He is the One who was struck and from whose side blood and water flowed that we may be cleansed of our sin. Therefore, “Let him who glories, glory in the Lord.” (Jer 9:23–24)

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